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Be comfy, warm and happy in LL Bean

 I was born and raised in Maine, on a farm (pronouned faahm), and with that upbringing came everything LL Bean. Don’t laugh, it’s truly a way of life. I embraced the LL Bean brand; it was actually very practical.

I had so many canvas bags with my initials on them I couldn’t count them all on two hands. Duck boots, check. Flannel shirts, check. Flannel sheets, check. (The only thing I refused to do was those awful wool clogs.) The whole grunge phase actually coincided with my teenage years and LL Bean came through for me once again.

After college I ended up settling outside Portsmouth, NH, a trendy, cultural and affluent little seacoast town. Even though it’s only one state over, LL Bean lost its appeal for me. It suddenly seemed very uncool – like you only wore it if you were a hick from Maine – which I was, but desperate to appear as anything but. I shunned the brand for the next ten years.

Recently, it feels like the LL Bean brand is back. Maybe it’s my new mom status and the overwhelming desire to be comfortable all the time. Plus cozy is having it’s moment in fashion – it’s the new weekend uniform. And I think the brand has refreshed itself. In any case, I have accepted LL Bean back in my life with open arms like an old BFF I hadn’t talked to in years.

I asked my sister for their fleece-lined flannel button down for Christmas, and she literally laughed at me and said; “Since when did you become the LL Bean flannel shirt girl?” “Since, like, always.” Eyeroll.In my About section of this blog I remind people that I am practical about where I live- you can’t only be Louboutin this and Chanel that in NH. LL Bean is a brand I recommend you check out no matter where you live. You’ll never be more comfy, warm or happy to take those Louboutins heels or tweed Chanel jackets off for a few minutes. 🙂

Here’s a few other things I love from LL Bean.

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Please Don’t Fake It Until You Make It

Something I pride myself in is never once buying a knock-off. It’s a personal standard that I hold myself to – I’ll buy it once I can afford it. I’d rather save for a few months and splurge rather than buy something that is fake or cheap.

What irks me is those shady companies who try to present an exact replica of a brand that isn’t theirs. You’ve seen them- fake Louboutins, fake Fendis (shame on you SATC!), fake Louis Vuittons, etc. And then there’s the people who walk into those back alleys and warehouses and knowingly purchase a fake bag. And no, it doesn’t make it OK if you admit it’s fake. It makes you a poser!

Louis Vuitton has spent the last 158 years building up its brand, and it is one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

To some degree, sure, it’s flattering when someone tries to copy you. And people have tried to argue that knock-offs are good for the fashion industry. I understand that trends trickle down thanks to what usually starts on the runway and that’s good for the growth of the fashion industry. Plus the saturation of a trend pushes designers to come up with new ones.

But the billion dollar knock-off industry sullies the reputation of brands that have spent years fashioning themselves a unique identity. I blame it on the “me too” mentality that is fostered in part by the overexposure of celebrities.

So when it comes to fashion, please do not fake it until you make it! Be patient because the payoff of finally being able to afford something is so much cooler than showing up to a party with something fake. There’s so many options out there nowadays that give us access to higher ends fashion- like Rue La La and Gilt. Let’s all work together to support the legitimate fashion industry. Happy Shopping!

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